Iraq: Over 30 sus­pected of torch­ing Iran’s Con­sulate ar­rested

Iran Daily - - National -

Iraq’s law en­force­ment of­fi­cers ar­rested over 30 peo­ple sus­pected of torch­ing the Ira­nian Con­sulate in the south­ern Iraqi city of Basra, a mem­ber of the Sairoon bloc said.

Rami Sakini added that the de­tainees have been taken to an “undis­closed lo­ca­tion”, Sky News Ara­bic re­ported on Sun­day.

On Septem­ber 7, a mob of pro­tes­tors stormed into the Ira­nian Con­sulate in Basra and de­stroyed the diplo­matic mis­sion’s prop­er­ties, took down the flag of Iran and torched the build­ing.

The con­sulate’s build­ing was not the first to be set on fire. The an­gry demon­stra­tors had ear­lier set govern­ment build­ings ablaze as well. The build­ings in­cluded the head­quar­ters of the lo­cal govern­ment, the rul­ing Dawa Party, the Supreme Is­lamic Coun­cil and the Badr Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

In a cer­e­mony on Tues­day, Iran opened a new con­sulate in Basra.

On Satur­day, Iraqis from dif­fer­ent walks of life staged a march in Basra to condemn the at­tack on Iran’s Con­sulate.

Con­demn­ing the US and Is­rael, the Iraqi demon­stra­tors chanted slo­gans in sup­port of Iran and praised the coun­try’s help to the Iraqi mil­i­tary and vol­un­teer forces in the fight against ter­ror­ism.

The demon­stra­tors ac­cused Wash­ing­ton of in­creas­ingly in­ter­fer­ing in the do­mes­tic af­fairs of Iraq and try­ing to stoke un­rest in the Arab coun­try.

The Fri­day at­tack drew wide con­dem­na­tion from Iraqi govern­ment of­fi­cials while some blamed it on cer­tain for­eign gov­ern­ments who have been seek­ing to stoke divi­sion in Iraq.

Iran has been a ma­jor ally of the Iraqi govern­ment in its fight against Daesh since the ter­ror­ist group ran over parts of the coun­try four years ago. Re­ly­ing on Tehran’s as­sis­tance, the Iraqi mil­i­tary man­aged to re­take many ar­eas from the grip of ter­ror­ists, es­pe­cially in west and north of Iraq.

Tas­nim News Agency and Press TV con­trib­uted to this story.

AFP

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